I did. In two ways.
FIRST (this is when I owned my house), I had homeowner’s insurance. My insurance guy (who is a good guy and is still my car insurance guy) made certain he knew about luxuries I owned – jewelry, precious metals, guns. He had me estimate a dollar figure, required no inventory or serial numbers, and set me up!
SECOND, after a burglary wherein they missed the lockbox of guns (!), I felt it appropriate to get something more substantial. I did. A Fort Knox safe. The damn thing weighed 750 pounds empty and took two of us and an appliance dolly to get it into my spare bedroom. (Thanks, AGAIN, Dave!) I thought to myself, “Hell, it’s over 800 pounds, NOBODY will be able to take it. AND, being a quality safe, no one will be able to penetrate it.”
I was correct on the second count. Wrong on the first.
A few years ago, around this time of year (hence, this memory flogger) a drunk driver jumped the kerb and knocked down my backyard chain-link fence, and struck the back wall of my house! The impact slid the whole rear block wall of the house about two feet!
Fortunately, no one was home. I was at my (then) girlfriend’s that weekend. Returning home Sunday night was quite an ordeal. But, my insurance guy set me up in a hotel, got the house secured, and hired contractors to essentially rebuild the entire rear of my home!
Part of this process was to have my stuff in that part of the house moved into storage. But the storage guys advised me they couldn’t do anything pertaining to the safe or guns. I figured “Hell, it’s over 800 pounds, NOBODY will be able to take it. AND, being a quality safe, no one will be able to penetrate it.”
Two weeks later, while I was ensconced at my insurance-paid-for-condo a mile North of my house, ‘someone’ broke off the contractor’s realty lock, keyed their way in, and took the whole damn safe!!
This was after trying to breach it, unsuccessfully. (Thank you Fort Knox!)
How did I know they were unsuccessful at a breach?- I found the combo dial and safe handle on the floor when I stopped by to check the mail.
Of course, the police were also unsuccessful at developing any suspects. They did say they checked out all the contractors and movers, to no avail.
So, I went to my insurance company. And found out (or was reminded) that while there was a rider covering my firearms, it capped at $5000. My safe contents was over $20,000! I had thought the safe would save the day, but circumstances aligned themselves to give the burglars ample opportunity to get my safe out.
And I was out $15 grand.
I looked at my NRA insurance. It was for a small sum at the time, and by the time I’d thought of it and got around to making a claim, the claim time had passed.
As NRA members, you have $2500 in firearms theft insurance – BUT YOU MUST REGISTER FOR IT! AND file your claim within one year.
I’m now a renter, and own two guns. You can bet I registered for my free NRA Insurance!
If you haven’t yet done so, do so, NOW. If you are not an NRA member, sign up and get free insurance!
This ArmsCare Firearms Insurance protects your valuable firearms and accessories from direct physical loss, damage, fire and theft. Plus, serial numbers are not required.
Coverage must be activated to take effect. Take a minute and activate your no-cost benefit today!
|AND there’s reasonable cost additional insurance if you own over $2500 in firearms!As I now have only two guns, it’s no cost to me!FTC – The NRA paid me nothing to say this. Nor did Fort nox. Now go away…
NOVEMBER 24, 1963
…don’t take your gun to town! ♫ (sung to the tune of Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town by Mel Tillis; originally made popular by Kenny Rogers) – New lyrics by ‘Guffaw’ and B. Jannuzzi)
You’ve put on your sport coat and got your Colt Cobra there,
Ruby are you contemplating going out somewhere?
The shadow on the wall tells me that Oswald’s goin’ down…
Oh Ruby, don’t take your gun to town!
It wasn’t me that started that crazy Asian war,
But I was proud to go and do my patriotic chore.
And yes it’s true this isn’t the country that it used to be.
Oh, Ruby, are you controlled by the Mob and The Company?
It’s hard to love a man whose legs could be broke and paralyzed…
and the wants and needs of a man your age, Ruby I realized.
Oh Ruby, don’t take your gun to town.
He’s leaving now, ’cause I just heard the slammin’ of the door.
The way I know I’ve heard it some 100 times before.
If I could move I’d get my own gun and put Lee in the ground.
Oh Ruby, for God’s sake turn around.
The Warren Commission’s ‘Official’ answer said there was ‘no credible evidence’ Oswald and Ruby knew each other. No assassination conspiracy/coverup.
In the words of Dennis Miller, “I haven’t seen choreography like that since the Lee Harvey Oswald prison transfer!”
Dedicated to the tireless investigators, both public and private, who see the Warren Report for the
hokum, bullsh*t, disinformation it is. And to the Vietnam Veterans for whom Mel Tillis wrote the original, unbastardized song.
(BTW – Happy Birthday GUFFAW! 61 Years.)
Murphy’s Law shares with us the following:
In 1993, firearms collector Kristopher Gaisor bought what he considered to be a must-have rifle for his collection–a Polish wz.38M Maroszek rifle. This rare semi-automatic rifle was one of only 150 made, and maybe 5-8 of them are known to exist today.
Gaisor was pretty proud of this rifle as a link to his family’s Polish WW2 heritage, but recently, when he decided to offer it for sale while liquidating most of his collection, Homeland Security agents knocked on his door and demanded the rifle, threatening him with arrest if he did not surrender it. Apparently the Polish government saw his ad and decided to lay claim to the rifle which was apparently brought back to the U.S. by a returning GI at the end of World War Two.
Va. collector squares off with his home country over rare, World War II rifle
And in Connecticut:
they take your guns away. Forever.
Public Act No. 13-3 requires all people that voluntarily admit to a hospital for mental health reasons (not solely for drug or alcohol treatment) have their names placed in a database administered by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services – for the purpose of automatic suspension of Second Amendment rights. This database will link with a database held by the state police that includes all gun permit holders, registered gun owners and anyone who has applied for a gun permit. If there is a “match” between the two databases a letter will go out informing the individual that their Second Amendment rights have been suspended (letter below).
Although you will not receive a letter from the state police, if you are not a “match” you will be notified of your name being put in the database and of the suspension of Second Amendment rights sometime after voluntary admission. The law does not require notice be given to people prior to admitting themselves into a hospital.
Privacy of medical records? Doesn’t exist in CT.
And don’t even pretend that it’s going to be restricted to screwing gun owners; if they can ignore privacy in this, they can ignore it in ANYTHING. (courtesy of Firehand)
And proposed in Massachusetts…
A Massachusetts politician has put forth a proposal to allow local police to enter homes without a warrant in order to ‘inspect’ whether gun owners are ‘properly storing’ their firearms. (Sipsey Street Irregulars/The Blaze)
(above emphases by Guffaw)
Gee, how can I say this politely? – THESE F’NG BASTARDS WILL NEVER F’ING STOP! Depriving American citizens of property without any due process? Enforcing foreign law? Bill of Rights? WHAT Bill of Rights?
We all need to stand up to these abuses, en masse, lest ‘they’ continue to chip away at what rights we have left! Until there are none. My roomie is flying back from out-of-town this afternoon, and just texted me about waiting for her second pat down!
We’ve been putting up with this crap for too long.
They are a danger – take the guns away!
By Jackee Coe The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:40 PM
A man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries early Sunday morning after a shooting broke out at a Glendale house party, authorities said.
Glendale police officers responded about 1:30 a.m. to a house near 51st and Olive avenues where they found a 27-year-old man who had been shot, Glendale Police Department spokeswoman Officer Tracey Breeden said. He was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital, where he remained Sunday afternoon.
Investigators determined an argument started between individuals at the party and the 27-year-old, and he was asked to leave, she said. The man left for a short time, then returned with a rifle and began firing off rounds outside the house.
The man pointed the rifle at partygoers and a 39-year-old partygoer pulled out a handgun and shot the 27 year old before police arrived, Breeden said. The shooter did not try to leave and waited for officers to arrive.
The shooter has been cooperative with investigators, she said. He was questioned and released by detectives.
“This is standard procedure under these type of circumstances,” Breeden said. “Information and evidence detectives have gathered leads them to believe the 27-year-old was not only firing his rifle, endangering partygoers, but also pointed the weapon at other partygoers, endangering them, prior to the 39-year-old displaying a weapon and shooting the 27-year-old.”
The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending, Breeden said.
Tired of the political hijinks in the United States?
“Let’s go to Australia!”
In 1997, the Australian government implemented draconian anti-gun laws. They rounded up millions of rifles, pistols and shotguns, cut them all in half and burned them. Overnight the Australian government disarmed their law-abiding citizenry; nowadays only criminals can possess firearms in Australia. Australians are forbidden the basic human right of arming themselves in self-defense.
In America we have a contract with the government – the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights lists what citizens can do – our freedoms – and what the government cannot do to us. No other country has this. In every other country in the world, the government tells the people what they can and cannot do. We are the exception to this rule; this is what makes us exceptional. This is American Exceptionalism. - Sean Linneane
You should click on the above text and read Sean’s whole essay. And give thanks, despite all the sociopolitical hijinks here, we still live in The United States of America.
We could always emigrate to Canada! Except, Canada has one-tenth our population, abysmal gun laws, NO Bill of Rights, and The Mounties – who resemble our federal law enforcement on steroids! And, It’s COLD!
Nice people though, as are the Aussies…
A while back, I posted about ‘how to get out of handcuffs’. It seemed like good information, given the propensity of certain agents of government to restrain folks. Of course, this only applied to the classic metal restraints.
Then, I found THIS:
Seems appropriate information to pass on as well.
With this caveat from a commenter on Sipsey Street Irregulars:
That’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve seen a number of blog posts over the past week or so exclaiming ‘defacto’ firearms registration has been occurring in The United States for some time now.* This, in spite of numerous federal laws expressly prohibiting such actions.
Quelle surprise. Perhaps this post should have been yet another “I’m Shocked” post?
But, this meme won’t go away. More and more bloggers are picking up the registration story as a rallying cry.
But, the big question is what happens NEXT?
Do we, the injured legally-gun-owning-populous, take action? File lawsuits? Run to the gun-friendly press? Write to our gun-friendly congressman? Foment insurrection? Or just choose to break the law piecemeal, citizen by citizen, hoping ‘they’ will take no action against us?
In effect, whistling past the graveyard?
No need to answer me here. But you might consider what actions, if any, you will take when the police (or the military) come knock-knock-knockin’ at your door. To acquire your legally-owned property. By force.
Or NOT knocking.
*Vuurwapen Blog, The Captain’s Journal,
Monday, the Naval Yard shootings. Previously, Fort Hood. Too many school shootings.
It’s obvious ‘we’ (read the government) cannot protect everyone from everything. Death is implicit in Life. But setting up school children and military personnel and civilian contractors as clay pigeons to be destroyed at will by some loon is insane.
Or two loons. Or a flock. Regardless of their motive. Is beyond shameful.
It’s criminal. My solution?
Allow Enable appropriate adults to function in a security capacity at all schools, nationwide. Allow Enable all adults who may carry firearms to do so.
Afraid armed adults will suddenly become homicidal/suicidal, as they do in countries where that is allowed? Like Israel? No, wait! They not only have minimal occurrence of such events in Israel, terrorist attacks at schools in Israel are practically non existent! Because the teachers and staff are armed!
And what about soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, contractors? Do we still need to keep THEM disarmed while on base and on duty? They’re military for chrissake! Do you think Hasan or this latest clown would have had near the body count if their potential targets had returned fire?
We bloggers mostly hide behind our noms-de-blog while we preach incessantly about the individual’s rights to keep and bear arms. What about the teacher and the sailor? Or some schlub working on a military base. Don’t they have the same rights, even a duty to protect?
Ever ran a stop sign? Drove after ‘a few’? Did the warning signs stop you? Of course not. And there are no drugs or guns where that sign is displayed.
Stop staking our children and military out for the slaughter.
What do they do when there’s an ‘active shooter’ at a military base or a school? Call for people with guns to fix the problem.
Long time Guffaw in AZ readers know that, in my youth, I was a magician. Legerdemain, illusion, sleight-of-hand. Card tricks.
But one of my childhood heroes was Harry Houdini. Not only was he a master magician, but he was an escapologist. Famous for escaping anything. Especially handcuffs.
I thought it would be so cool to learn how to do this. And the straightjacket. Sadly, when my disability developed at age 12, my thoughts of more physical pursuits went away.
But later, when I got involved with law-enforcement related vocations (P.I. work, process serving, private security) I did acquire some handcuffs. Not even the industry standards (Peerless or S&W) but a cheap Japanese copy. Of course, my first take was to learn how to get out of them!
In the real world, escaping from handcuffs is difficult. Not because they are so difficult to master, but because they are intended for monitored temporary detention of suspects or criminals. The cops are supposed to be watching the miscreants in transit. Cuffs are NOT a portable cell, wherein the suspect is to be left alone!
This is how escapologists get away with slipping the cuffs. No one is allowed to watch what they do.
Mental Floss gives us a method of escaping from handcuffs, at this link. Of course, bobbie pins aren’t as prevalent as they once were.
But, it just might be a survival skill worth knowing in a police state.
You didn’t hear this from me.
The lovely, endearing and forever snarky Tam recently posted about Starbucks Appreciation Day, persons objecting to the militarization of civilian police, and other issues. She referred to Sebastian and his take on the matter.
Even to the point of suggesting carrying an elongated garden implement into the coffee shop in lieu of the ostensibly more objectionable bullet projector. Reductio ad absurdum, I presume (?)
This got me to thinking. Back in the day, when I first became a handgun owner (the 70s) there was no CCW law in Arizona, and certain no Constitutional Carry provision on the horizon. One carried concealed at one’s own peril – a misdemeanor conviction if caught and possible loss of the offending firearm if convicted.
Open Carry was the LAW. And, the rule. And except for occasionally running into a tourist or snowbird (Winter visitor) there was rarely a problem. I remember one late night visit to a grocery store. I was at one end of an aisle, and a woman at the far end was screaming (to no one in particular), “Oh My God! He’s got a GUN!” I assumed she was speaking about me.
No one cared.
However, times have changed. Arizona law still provides for Open Carry (whilst adding brandishing to the list of no-nos) as well as a concealment permitage and Constitutional Carry. Citizen’s choice!
But with the concealment laws have come changes in the State’s culture. Open Carry isn’t as accepted as it once was. Concealment is considered more socially acceptable, more polite. Only uncouth ruffians would carry openly.
At least in the big city. I guess if I lived in Apache Junction or Prescott, O.C. would be no big deal.
But, I mostly choose to carry concealed, now. A more genteel Guffaw…